It’s been 2 years!

Good morning!

So as the title says it’s been 2 years…. Since I last crocheted. And I have to say I have missed it now that I have picked up the hook again!

Me and the boys were in the local £1 store the other day, we picked up a few bits and bobs. And I noticed they had wool, 3 50g balls of double knit for £2. I figured why not…. It’s been a while since I done any sofa crafting. 

So I picked up these 3 colours, I’ve been admiring the African Flower pattern for quite some time there are so many things can be done with each hexagon. 

I had to pick up a new hook…. It’s been some time so I picked up a 3.5mm hook instead of the suggested 4mm hook. And I still have to decide if I’m a fan of the silicone handle to be honest! The shape and feel seems odd!

And off I went…. I have to say I’m happy with my first attempt. My counting is off on one side but I am bitten by the bug again! I forgot how addictive and relaxing crochet really is. The tutorial I used is very user friendly. And I can’t wait to make more. 

Question for you peeps…. are you a fab of the colour combination I have used? I’m unsure neon pink and peach work together! 


Working away offline.

Hi there everyone,

I’m using my app at the minute, sorry if the placement ain’t quite right! I personally prefer centered text..

So I’ve been sewing away offline as ever. To be honest it’s mostly alterations, which I love so I certainly can’t complain…

There have been cuffs in need of some TLC and a little lengthening required. This was an easy mend to be honest. I went in through the lining for a lovely finish. Good old ladder stitch made for a good finish.

These cuffs were in need of the same job, just not as much lengthening. There will be a time left in these jackets now.


With summer upon us there is lycra being thrown about! Can I ask…. Is anyone a fan of sewing with this fabric?

That being said, this alteration only required the crotch taken up. And the snap fasteners to be removed. No pain there really!

This bikini was a cross over catastrophe to be honest! Who wants the tan lines or the strain… I then shotrend the strap to make a simple halter neck.

There were a few seams that needed restitching. This bikini cost more than I would like to mention! I feel the construction left so much to be desired! I feel it’s awful big companies can get away with so much, the name doesn’t carry quality workmanship.

So I have heaps more alterations to post about. But I’ll break my posts down!

Have you guys been upto much alterations or mends? I do love to see what everyone else it up too!


Stash busting.


So I’ve started to look at my fabric stash, let’s be honest we all have one! My friend asked me ro run up a dog bed. We can buy one up town for £5… We all know they don’t last!


It was a good stash busting project and it’s durable too. I used a heavy weight fabric and the filler from the bed my friends puppy destroyed! Waste not want not.


Shortening a hem. 

I tried with no avail to attach more photos to my last post! 

So I figured I’d add a new post! 

I was given another pair or men’s work trousers to alter this time a hem to be shortened. These had a durable insert at the back. 

 I used my seam ripper to detach the durable insert then cut the hem to the required length, I then pinned and reattached. 

 I pleased with the outcome, as these will also have a long life span, I could have just shortened without reattaching the durable insert…. But what sort of seamstress would I be then!! 

Traci xx 

Make do and mend

So I am still working away on my alterations and mends. 

 So we all have that gave pair of jeans right?!? Men and workwear are no different!

 These required a patch inserted and I used a sturdy zigzag stitch and some double sided glue to secure. 

 I ended up using a zig zag stitch to finish this project as my sewing machine couldn’t take the layers! 

I reckon these have a few more wears in them now! 

Traci xx 

Well hello there!! 

Hi there everyone!

Yes it has been a while! I took a break there from blogging… I have a few projects I thought I would share as I have been remembering to take photos! 

I’m doing some christmas sewing atm, I feel like the craft is the only safe place to speak the “C word” because us crafty people are all about preping for our stalls and fairs! 

  I’m lucky enough to have a sewing room at home… That being said I do have my wee sewing space in the living room too! 

 I’m currently making hanging hearts stuffed with christmas spice! 
I love my living room being so festive. My kids are at such a great age they love this time of year. 

  A wee sneak peek! 

 My Christmas stockings are in full flight too. 
So is anyone else Christmas crafting?!?

Traci xx 

My studio is coming together!

Hello peeps,
So how is everyone? I’m glad it’s Friday to be honest! I know I have so much sewing to be getting on with at home but I look forward to doing them in my pjs!

So what have I been up to all week?!? Well my studio in my work is just divine! I can not wait to be sewing my life away 😊


It’s all been rearranged for the last time… I think! Between trying to find the best place for all the machines to go and locating the sockets! Wow It has been a little hectic to say the least!

I am finding my way around the machines rightly and have them all threaded and re threaded a few times now. I reckon I’m comfortable with most of them!





I had a blast with the heavyweight machine today, shortening 4 pairs of jeans… Finding the tension on that bad boy with the top stitch thread on both bobbing and thread was HECTIC!


I managed to find the tension thought… **enter pat on the back here!** just a mite proud of myself! There was a hairy moment when I thought I was going to run out of thread…


But I the sewing gods were one side today! Thank goodness as the sewing shop was out of 958 thread!

So what has everyone else been up to? Any fun projects on the cards?


Creating a pattern from RTW

Hello there!

Happy Black Friday everyone!
How is everyone doing?!
Got that Christmassy feeling yet?!
I am totally there already, can’t wait to get the tree down this weekend!

So what have I been up to today?! Well I have been given the job of sewing up copy of a couple of lovely linen tops.



Pictured above is the first of the two! I have to say the construction of this is divine…. I am in awe!




All seams bar the arm holes are double turned. Leaving no room for error on the top stitch!





So after 4 hours of ripping out, yes 4 hours! I now have the sewing instructions noted down and the whole pattern cut out, with seam allowance added where required.


So here she is all ready for me to get sewing up on my new industrial machines at work tomorrow.

I have to say the only part I am going to struggle with is the pocket!





It’s my first time doing a pocket like this! Have you done one before?! Any tips welcomed in the comments.


So like I said earlier happy Black Friday! Is anyone doing a little shopping?! I headed straight over to the craftsy sale! and picked up 3 classes from my wish list…. I got the classes for £13.99 each! BARGAIN!!


Get a little Christmas shopping done for me I say! Are you a fan of craftsy? If not you should be! It’s a great way to learn at home, I have 2 kids and part time job to work round and this works great for me!

Let me know if you sign up for anything! I picked up a couture class as well as a couple of others!


* I am a Craftsy Affiliate (I only affiliate with company’s I have a genuine interest in)